Category Archives: Inductions

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Induction: The APA Bar Room Invitational: The silliest wrestling bar fight not involving a squeegee

34 Submitted by on Thu, 26 September 2013, 20:00
WWE, 2003 By 2003, WWE had already established its brand extension (not a “roster split”), which extended its brand right down the middle, and was taking the daring step of charging for separate brand-exclusive pay-per-views. In June, Raw put on Bad Blood, so in July, Smackdown followed suit. Since the brands had been extended pretty thin, the show was a Continue Reading...
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Induction: Vince McMahon, WWF champion: The Two-Vince Ego Trip

63 Submitted by on Thu, 19 September 2013, 20:00
WWF, 1999 If you’ve read enough inductions on this site, you will by now have figured out that the Attitude Era wasn’t the golden age of cool angles, awesome wrestling, and mature content that many fans seem to think it was when complaining about WWE’s recent “PG Era.” At least not if you take the word, “mature” literally. You’ve probably Continue Reading...
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Induction: Sting vs. Rick Steiner: Release the hounds (and whoever spliced this footage together)!

14 Submitted by on Thu, 12 September 2013, 20:00
WCW, 1999 Live wrestling audiences tend not appreciate pre-taped matches. Believe it or not, people who pay money to see matches in person hate it when they are subjected to fight sequences in remote locations that they don’t get to see first-hand. Whether it be the King of the Road match, the Hollywood Backlot Brawl (note to self: induct the Continue Reading...
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Induction: Mark Henry, sex addict: Mark finds a way to spend even more time on the couch.

52 Submitted by on Thu, 05 September 2013, 20:00
WWF, 1999 We’ll all remember Mark Henry’s faux-retirement speech for a long time. With tears in his eyes, the World’s Strongest Man cut an emotional promo dedicated to his friends and family, only to blindside John Cena and goad him into a title shot. This wasn’t the first time that Mark had bared his soul to the public, however, as Continue Reading...
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Induction: Rodman Down Under: No matter the hemisphere, crap still flushes the same way.

22 Submitted by on Thu, 29 August 2013, 20:00
Independent PPV, 2000 The term, “terrible” is all relative. For example, last week, I inducted Jerry Lawler vs. Roddy Piper, a terrible match with no business headlining a “New Generation” card on a major pay-per-view. If, however, the same match had been put on an independent DVD sold for $1 on the Wal-Mart bargain shelf, then it wouldn’t have been Continue Reading...
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Induction: Piper vs. Lawler: No promotion in the world would dare pass this off as “The New Generation.” Well, maybe AWA.

32 Submitted by on Thu, 22 August 2013, 20:00
WWF, 1994 It’s no secret that I’m a big fan of the late Art Donovan’s classic terrible commentary at King of the Ring 1994. Given my pen name (based on Gorilla Monsoon’s botched introduction that evening) and my blog entitled, “How Much Does This Guy Weigh?”, it should come as no surprise that Harry Simon’s induction of Art Donovan at Continue Reading...
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Induction: NXT Season 2 Finale: Bros before Pros, or Why Curtis Axel isn’t world champion already

32 Submitted by on Thu, 15 August 2013, 20:00
NXT started in early 2010 as a proving ground for new talent, combining elements of Raw and Smackdown (wrestling) with elements of the Million Dollar Tough Enough (reality TV-style eliminations, absurd challenges). The first season was won by Wade Barrett, but the real exclamation point at the end of the season came when all eight rookies stormed the ring and Continue Reading...
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Induction: Farting Natalya: When a Diva passes gas on TV, Wrestlecrap is never far behind.

27 Submitted by on Thu, 08 August 2013, 20:00
WWE, 2012 Farts have had a complicated history in television. Even though everyone has them, and they are on the whole (no, I don’t like how that sounds; let’s just say, “for the most part”) harmless, for decades they were shunned from the airwaves. Kids have long included flatulence in their schoolyard humor, and fart jokes are often the sole Continue Reading...
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Classic Induction: Art Donovan – Man of a Thousand Questions. And They Were All “How Much Does This Guy Weigh?”

25 Submitted by on Sun, 04 August 2013, 20:51
Quick note from RD Reynolds: All of us here at WrestleCrap.com are saddened by Art Donovan’s passing.  His family and friends are in our thoughts and prayers! WWF King of the Ring, 1994 Text by Harry Simon We’ve all done it. After enough cajoling, begging, and/or threatening, we’ve all finally managed to convince a friend or relative to plunk down on Continue Reading...
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Induction: The Self-Destruction of the Ultimate Warrior: A Lesson in Professionalism from WWE’s Spiteful Owner

99 Submitted by on Thu, 25 July 2013, 20:00
WWE, 2005 Some of the biggest news in the wrestling world as of late is the Ultimate Warrior’s promotion of the upcoming WWE 2K14 video game. I suppose the Warrior is a forgiving man, or else he was afraid of what would happen if he refused the endorsement. That’s because, allegedly, the last time the Ultimate Warrior was offered an Continue Reading...
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Classic Induction: Goonies R Good Enough – But Are They Good Enough to Stand Up to Piper, Blassie, and Sheik?

12 Submitted by on Fri, 19 July 2013, 10:06
Music Video, 1985 Text by RD Reynolds Not sure if I’ve ever mentioned it or not, but I am a child of the 1980’s. And if I haven’t…well, to be fair, you’d probably have to be an knuckle dragging mouth breather to have not noticed it. Listen to one episode of WrestleCrap Radio (come on, we really want to break a dozen listeners!), Continue Reading...
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Induction: Flair and Piper on Celebrity Wife Swap: Naitch still is a 60-Minute Man (41 Minutes without the commercials)

67 Submitted by on Thu, 18 July 2013, 20:00
ABC television, 2013 When I first heard that wrestling personalities would be featured on Celebrity Wife Swap, I was shocked that Hulk Hogan would even be on speaking terms with Bubba The Love Sponge again, let alone agree to appear on national TV together. Later, I learned that the show was rated TV-PG, putting that lot out of the question. Continue Reading...
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Induction: Tough Enough 2: One big bust

32 Submitted by on Thu, 11 July 2013, 19:00
In 2001, WWF was so pleased with the progress of the first season of Tough Enough, the reality show where 13 wannabe wrestlers trained and competed for WWF contracts to the sounds of terrible early 2000s music, that they put a second season into production immediately after the conclusion of the first. It seemed like a no-brainer at the time. Continue Reading...
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Induction: Raw is Aldrin: The Eagle has landed in Wrestlecrap

50 Submitted by on Thu, 04 July 2013, 19:00
May 17th, 2010’s Monday Night Raw may have been the most historically significant ever. I don’t mean wrestling history here, either; I mean history history. This was the night that Raw was hosted by Edwin “Buzz” Aldrin, second man to step foot on the moon. And really, like the Royal Rumble, that’s pretty much the same as being number one. Continue Reading...
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Induction: TNA on Family Feud: We asked a hundred has-beens what kind of job they wanted in TNA. No, wait, that was Hulk Hogan.

45 Submitted by on Thu, 27 June 2013, 19:00
Family Feud is no stranger to the world of wrestling. In the past, they have hosted shows featuring performers from the WWF, WCW, GLOW, and even the WBF. Ray Combs, who took over for Richard Dawson, made numerous appearances at WWF events, and 1993’s Survivor Series even featured a “Family Feud Match” between the Hart family and Jerry Lawler’s masked Continue Reading...
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Classic Induction: Grunt – The Most Influential Wrestling Movie Ever Made!

9 Submitted by on Mon, 24 June 2013, 09:15
Theatrical Motion Picture, 1985 I have to admit – I was perhaps overexcited at the thought that we were going to dedicate an entire month here at the Crap to wrestling movies. If there’s one thing I love more than horrible wrestling, it’s horrible movies. Tell me we’re watching Schindler’s List tonight, and I will probably pass. Tell me it’s Continue Reading...
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Classic Induction: 3 Ninjas on MegaMountain – Featuring Hulk Hogan, Karate Warrior

17 Submitted by on Fri, 21 June 2013, 09:15
Theatrical Motion Picture, 1998 If there was one thing I was disappointed with in the WrestleCrap book, it was the fact that although I spent an entire chapter covering Hulk Hogan’s movie career, I had to cut short pretty much anything past Thunder in Paradise. After all, the book was called “WrestleCrap”, not “HoganMovieCrap” (although, come to think of it, Continue Reading...
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INDUCTION: Million Dollar Tough Enough: The Male Diva Search

31 Submitted by on Thu, 20 June 2013, 19:00
WWE in 2004 had something of a dearth of new talent, to say the least. The new “stars” on Raw and Smackdown (okay, mostly Smackdown) included such future main-eventers as Kenzo Suzuki, Mark Jindrak, Luther Reigns, Orlando Jordan, and Heidenreich. To fill the depleted roster, WWE held its fourth season of Tough Enough. Unlike the first three seasons of the Continue Reading...
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Induction: WCW’s “Kiss My Ass” Match – What better match for two old farts?

22 Submitted by on Thu, 13 June 2013, 19:00
When people think of the last night of the Monday Night Wars, they typically think of the outdoor Nitro in Panama City, Florida that ended with Sting vs. Ric Flair and a simulcast featuring both Vince and Shane McMahon. And yes, according to kayfabe, that would be the the last episode of the Monday Night Wars, as in story line, Continue Reading...
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Classic Induction: Fuji Bandito – WrestleCrap Says Goodbye to the Fabulous Moolah

6 Submitted by on Fri, 07 June 2013, 09:15
WWF, 1989  No doubt when you learned this week that Fabulous Moolah had passed away, many thoughts probably raced through your head. Her contributions to women’s wrestling, perhaps. Maybe her build-up to WrestleMania I with Captain Lou, Cyndia Lauper, and Wendi Richter. Or maybe, since you are hanging out at a site called “WrestleCrap”, her antics with Mae Young. Believe Continue Reading...
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Induction: Raw is Piven: Monday night becomes damaged Goods

47 Submitted by on Thu, 06 June 2013, 19:00
When Donald Trump bought Monday Night Raw in the summer of 2009, then promptly sold it back to Vince McMahon in one of WWE’s most poorly-written, incomprehensible, and financially damaging angles of all time, it opened up a new era for the USA program. From then on, every week would feature a different celebrity guest host whose performances would range Continue Reading...
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Classic Induction: Big Show’s Poop Problem – Sometimes These Things Just Write Themselves

14 Submitted by on Fri, 31 May 2013, 09:15
WWE, 2003 There are times when working on this site just isn’t fun. Times when, as I look at the calendar, I realize that our new monthly deadline for new inductions is fast approaching, and I scramble to come up with ideas to present to you, my fellow Crappers. Times when, following a long day at my “real job”, I’d Continue Reading...
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Induction: Donald Trump buys Raw: Dropped almost as fast as WWE’s stock

47 Submitted by on Thu, 30 May 2013, 19:00
WWE, 2009 I have never understood Donald Trump’s involvement in wrestling. He is always presented as a face counterpart to Vince McMahon’s evil billionaire character, but the facts tell a different, much darker story. While the wrestling persona Mr. McMahon once made Trish Stratus strip and bark like a dog on television, the real-life Donald Trump once tried to demolish Continue Reading...
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Classic Induction: Das Wunderberlyn – Never Replace a Crappy Gimmick with a Crappier Gimmick

24 Submitted by on Sun, 26 May 2013, 17:05
WCW, For A Whole Bunch of Years You know the only thing worse than having a horrible gimmick? Getting rid of that horrible gimmick, then being stuck with something just as bad. It’s funny, because when I originally typed that sentence above, I wrote “with something even worse.” Yet when I think about the focal point of today’s induction, I Continue Reading...
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Induction: The Great Fall of Angle: How Did He Avoid a Broken Freakin’ Everything?

44 Submitted by on Sun, 19 May 2013, 07:00
WWE, 2004 The story of this week’s induction begins with the 2004 WWE Draft, which somehow saw Smackdown General Manager Paul Heyman drafted to Raw and then promptly quit. Kurt Angle was then selected to fill the always-fresh, never-clichéd role of heel authority figure. Kurt’s first order of business was nixing Triple H’s move to Smackdown just 24 real-world hours Continue Reading...
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Induction: Survivor Series 1991: A $25 Infomercial For A Show That Grossed 25% Of The Revenue

43 Submitted by on Thu, 09 May 2013, 19:00
 WWF, 1991 (duh) by Emerson Witner A few months ago my brother texted me and wondered when I was going to induct Survivor Series 1991. At first I explained that a.) It’s not my site and b.) Survivor Series 1991 wasn’t that bad. He replied back that RD never writes anymore inductions (note from RD: more to come once I Continue Reading...
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Induction: Lita cheats on Matt Hardy: Starring Glen Jacobs as Matt.

46 Submitted by on Thu, 02 May 2013, 19:00
For parts one and two of this induction, click here and here. Since the summer of 2004, Amy Dumas’s “Lita” character had been tormented on WWE television with coercive sexual contracts, pregnancy, and a miscarriage. It would seem only natural that when she finally broke off her forced marriage to her own rapist, it would be a cause for celebration Continue Reading...
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